Month: November 2015

MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Keneshia Raymond

Today’s Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur Spotlight features Keneshia Raymond, a Southern California native and Bay Area transplant who is making her mark on the wedding world!  Keneshia is the Lady Boss and Editor in Chief of Blissful 2 Be Wedding Magazine & the founder of Enchanted: The Wedding Event. With a strong background in planning and design, she collaborates with a myriad of talented vendors to showcase the hottest new wedding trends and to give couples a wedding experience they will always remember.

Check out her interview…

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(Photo Credit: F3 Studios)

Name: Keneshia (Kay) Raymond
Location:Bay Area, Ca
Business Name: Blissful 2 Be Magazine & Enchanted: The Wedding Event
Years in Business: 5 years

Are you a full or part time business owner?

I am a full time business owner.

Why did you start your business?

I started my business after being a wedding planner and noticing that their was a void in wedding magazines. They were not showcasing the real side of weddings, but all the pretty that went into it. I wanted to showcase real couples and the real side of weddings…every shape, size, and nationality, and also those incredible vendors who were not being showcased because they didn’t fit in what was the traditional model of the wedding industry. I wanted to showcase not only our couples, but our vendors as well.

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(Photo Credit: Alycia Creative Photography)

What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business?

The most rewarding part of my business is the excitement from the vendors when they have been featured, or the couples when they see their wedding on the blog or in the magazine . Empowering the vendors to not only believe in themselves but to show them your work is amazing and the world believes so as well . I love being their cheerleader! I know it may sound corny but I feel like, as vendors, sometime we need the extra cheering squad.

What are your biggest challenges?

My biggest challenge is believing in myself, reminding myself that I am enough, and remembering why I do what I do and how much I love what I do.  Also remembering it’s okay to say no and not overstretch myself.  It’s hard sometimes, but I am a work in progress.  

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I have ever received is not to doubt myself, stay humble, and continue to learn.

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(Photo Credit: Juniper Spring Photography

Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show?

I have been a one woman show for the past 4 ½ years. I recently brought on a graphic designer to help with the magazine.  For the bridal show, we are a team of two women, myself and Diana Dorsey, who is also a wedding planner and has been working hard to bring Enchanted to new cities & states.

Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years?

In 5 years…wow! I see Blissful2Be growing into a top 100 wedding blog and the magazine doing incredibly well. I see a team of 5 people working to get the magazine out bi-monthly and growing the education portion for our vendors.

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(Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Miller Photography)

What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making?

Starting a business is the easy part. Staying with it and growing your business is the hard part . Believe in yourself, be confident and persistent, enjoy and celebrate your success and your failure. You will hear a lot of No’s and that’s okay because when you hear that one YES it will all be worth it . Stay strong and enjoy this life you are creating for yourself .  

For more wedding bliss, connect with Keneshia online:

Blissful2Be Magazine

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Enchanted: The Wedding Event

Website | Facebook | Instagram

 

MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Keisha Howard

Today’s Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur Spotlight features Keisha Howard, also known as “Coach Keisha”, a Certified Life Coach, Author, Mentor, and Motivational Speaker.

As a teen, Keisha struggled with poor self-esteem and body-image issues for years. With guidance, she was able to turn her pain into passion. She became a Teacher, and then later a School Guidance Counselor so that she could help youth who were also struggling with self-esteem and other adolescent issues. Today, her life’s work is dedicated to building girls up so that they can fall in love with themselves and have unshakeable confidence that allows them to avoid peer pressure & accomplish their dreams.

Check out Keisha’s interview…

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Name: Keisha Howard
Location: Dallas, TX
Business Name: Coach Keisha
Years in Business: 5

Are you a full or part time business owner?

Fulltime

Why did you start your business?

I had been working as a School Counselor for several years and I saw a need for a self-esteem service for girls, so I decided that enough was enough and I wanted to start one. I struggled with self-esteem my teen years, and made poor choices because of it. Then, when I was a School Counselor I saw many girls struggling just like I did. So, I made it my life’s mission to not only provide a service that gives girls an outlet to talk to someone who they can trust, but I am also their support system, accountability partner, and I give them tools and strategies to help them achieve their goals. My ultimate goal is to both empower girls and educate parents on the latest hot topic and trends affecting middle and high school girls.

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What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business?

The most rewarded aspect has been the girls’ & mom’s lives who I am able to touch. I also enjoy speaking at schools, churches, colleges and conferences which has been a lot of fun and rewarding because I am able to meet girls all across the country.

What are your biggest challenges?

Time management between all of my various programs

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What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?

To start before you are ready. Just get going. There will always be some type of excuse why you are not ready to start your business ( need a new website, need a new logo, etc. ) But, you should start before you are ready to get going.

Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show?

I have a VA and an Online Business Manager.

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Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years?

I see myself impacting more lives of girls and moms- traveling internationally to speak at events, and hosting more online group coaching programs.

What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making?

Don’t compare yourself to others – comparison kills confidence. Believe in you, and start before you are ready.

To learn more about Coach Keisha and her programs, connect with her online:

Website| Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

If you would like to be featured in the MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight, please email your request to info@nikolaahaiwe.com

To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe

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[FREE WORKSHOP] 6 Weeks to Self Published

6 Weeks to Self Published

Will 2016 be the year you FINALLY write that book?

Have you said to yourself that 2016 will be the year that you finally write your book?  Have you been sitting on an idea for your book forever, but just don’t know where to start?  Are you ready to share your message and story with the world, and serve your clients on a much bigger scale?

Did you know that writing a book gives you instant credibility, positions you as an expert in your field, and can help you take your business to the next level? Since publishing and releasing my first book, my coaching/consulting business has soared, and I’ve been invited to speak at several conferences, workshops, and events this year…all as a result of positioning myself as a thought leader by becoming an author.

Many people have reached out to me to express that they’ve been wanting to write a book forever but 1. Have no idea where to start 2. Can’t find the motivation to finish it, or 3. They’ve completed the entire book but have no idea what to do next.

So, I’ve decided to host a FREE, live workshop: 6 Weeks to Self Published – How to Profit as a Self-Published Author, to help answer some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve received.

Join me on Thursday, November 19 at 7pm PST, as I show you how you can write, self-publish, and market your book…in just six weeks!

Sign up >>> http://bit.ly/SelfPublishingWebinar

In this exclusive webinar, I will cover:

  • Self-Publishing Secrets: What I wish I knew before publishing my first book.
  • Strategies to GET. IT. DONE. How to get those ideas out of your head and finally get your book completed.
  • How to leverage your position as an author to bring in a consistent cash flow into your business.
  • The step-by-step process to write, self-publish, promote, and profit as an author.
  • And much, MUCH more!

Space is limited, so be sure to grab your spot today!

To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Dr. Nicoline Ambe

Today’s MITM Entrepreneur spotlight features Dr. Nicoline Ambe,  Parenting Speaker, Educator and Amazon #1 Bestselling Author of two books – Above & Beyond and A Teacher’s Notes.

Through teaching, speaking and training, Dr. Ambe has helped many parents develop great relationships with their children, resulting in academic excellence. A significant part of her mission involves teaching children to recognize their talents, stay focused, develop a learning mindset, and succeed in school.

Check out her interview…

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Name: Dr. Nicoline Ambe

Location: Compton, CA
Business Name: Nicoline Ambe International
Years in Business: 4

Are you a full or part time business owner?

Part-time. Full-time Educator.

Why did you start your business?

To offer parents strategies and techniques to help their children excel in school and prepare for a successful life.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business?

Seeing parents change their thinking with regards to parenting, and being more.  Seeing enough evidence of children raising their grades in school as a result of being willing to improve their personal and parenting skills in the interest of their kids strategic parental involvement.

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What are your biggest challenges?

Booking more speaking engagements, building better relationships that result in more prospects and clients, getting paid what the content and information is worth, and getting known and recognized for my expertise.

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?

Believe in yourself, and believe in the value of the product you offer.

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Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show?

I have a team of one: my assistant. He drives me to speaking engagements and handles book sales during events while I’m speaking with parents.

Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years?

To be honest with you, I love what I do. I enjoy the process and the journey. I have no goals and no timelines. Each waking day, I simply decide to do one thing to move the business forward. Perhaps the one thing could be making one phone call, following up on a client, sending an email, writing my newsletter, marketing on social media. I see my business as just one aspect of my busy life…just one aspect of the grand scheme of things that life offers. So I am just having fun and not stressing out about long term goals. Maybe that’s why I’m still part-time (but I’m okay with that too!)

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What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making?

I would say STAY FOCUSED ON YOURSELF. Take plenty of time to THINK. I would also say, be healthy. Business is extremely difficult, and if you’re not in good shape, you won’t have stamina and energy to keep going for a long time. Your body helps you live your dreams, so take care of it by eating healthy foods and staying fit.  Lastly, think through your ideas, think through your strategies, then take immediate ACTION to implement your ideas. Always pray for vision and discernment because it is vision that drives the action.

To learn more about Dr. Ambe, connect with her online:

Website| Facebook | Twitter

If you would like to be featured in the MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight, please email your request to info@nikolaahaiwe.com

To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe

P.S. Join the community of other Moguls in the Making on Facebook for more valuable business tips, resources, and tools!

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